In an article published by The Catholic Thing, TCA’s Grazie Christie begins the 40 days of Lent with a reflection on St. John Henry Newman’s meditations on the mental suffering of Christ in her article titled “The Severe Truth of Lent.” She writes:

As Lent begins again, and with it, the desire to follow Christ on the way to Calvary, I am fascinated, as all Western civilization has been for two millennia, by the Cross at the end of that uphill climb. It is the meeting point of all the things we dread. And perhaps the greatest mystery of all time is that God hung Himself on it.

Over the years I’ve contemplated in turns his physical torment, the loneliness of his desolation, the way he watched his mother watch him die. This Lent a whole new avenue of prayer has been opened for me in St. John Henry Newman’s meditations on the mental suffering of Christ. In a Victorian torrent of words Newman has made me conscious for the first time of something I find utterly shocking: The reality of God’s taking on of sin, the mortal enemy of His very nature.

To read more of Grazie Christie’s article, go here.